In the course of the Narniathon we’ve reached the last volume of the Chronicles of Narnia, a bittersweet event. I have loved revisiting these childhood favorites, which really were a formative force for my imagination, and finding that while there is much I now question or would like to say differently as an adult, there is still much wisdom and beauty to be appreciated. I will miss the community with other readers who’ve been reading along, and all the thoughts and insights they brought from their own perspectives. Thank you, Chris, for leading us on this journey!
I remembered my intention to participate in the Support Book Bloggers Challenge, after a couple of forgetful months, and linked up ten posts I’ve commented on. Hope you might find some of interest to you too.
Otherwise, another quite random mix of books completed — fiction and non-, new and old. Here’s what I read in June, with links to my Goodreads reviews.
- Midstream: My Later Life by Helen Keller
- Writing the Sacred Journey by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew
- The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley – Reread
- Women Talking by Miriam Toews
- In Our Blood by Caitlin Billings
- When Food Is Love and When Food Is Food and Love Is Love (audiobook) by Geneen Roth
- The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis – Reread for Narniathon
This year I’m once again challenging myself to spend a Summer in Other Languages, starting with a readalong of Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier. So far I’ve kept up with my chapter-a-day goal, and a group of French speakers/learners is having a lively discussion on Discord, hosted by Emma of Words and Peace. I really appreciate this chance to read in the original a classic that baffled me somewhat when I encountered it in English. So this project will take me through July, and I’ll see what I am up for after that.
I am always interested to know what you are reading in or translated from other languages. Are you taking any armchair journeys this summer?
In June I became quite preoccupied with my eating habits and wanting to know what was behind some of my health issues and unhealthy patterns. I wrote about my further adventures with functional medicine and my current thoughts about the question “What’s really been eating me?” I also read or listened to two works by Geneen Roth, who helps people to break free of emotional eating and understand how food is linked to our experience of intimacy and love. This has been really helpful for me in finding my way through the challenges of better listening to and supporting my body.
My One Word post came back to the reasons why I chose my word (Connect) and how it’s been going for me so far. Connecting to my body and my inner wisdom has definitely been part of that reason, and I think this practice has helped me make steps. I’m looking forward to what develops in the next six months.
What are your thoughts as we pause for reflection in the middle of this year?